Local Obituary

Hard worker takes his rest 

ROY GOWER: 14.7.1934 – 31.5.2022 Roy Gower did many things during his well-lived 87 years. He had been a truck driver, real estate agent, hotel owner, station hand, historian and farmer. But the eulogies at…

Tea without Marg

Mary Anne Gill talks to whānau and friends and tells the story of Margaret Evelyn, a victim of last week’s storm in Cambridge, which claimed two octogenarians. Margaret Evelyn was on her way back from…

Moving farewell for Cambridge legend

“Firefighters never die. They just burn forever in the hearts of those loved ones they left behind and the people whose lives they saved.” Cambridge would have made Don Gerrand proud last Saturday. Hundreds of…

The happiest city escapee

Editor, writer and manuscript consultant Stephen Stratford was so well known in the Cambridge cafés he frequented that before he had sat down, his favourite short black coffee had already been delivered to the table….

Remembering our ‘Pretty Girl’

Obituary: Louise Clark 1949-2021 By Natalie Akoorie An advocate of children’s literature who was once the pretty girl in the Hogsnort Rupert song of the same name, has died. Louise Clark died at home with her…

Gordon gave life a nudge 

At his 60th birthday party, Gordon Grigg raised a glass to a life he described as a tapestry…  vibrant with colour, sometimes stormy, filled with contentment, a loving family and lots of mirth and merriment. He…

Obituary: Iza McVeigh: 28.07.1944 – 28.07.2021 

Iza McVeigh, a fastidious wordsmith with a ‘knack for inappropriate timing’, slipped from this life on July 28 … 77 years to the day from when she arrived in this world as Iza Bisset in…

Obituary: Alf leaves to the strains of Aker Bilk

ALFRED ‘ALF’ KNEEBONE – April 27, 1923 – May 11, 2021 Among the qualities that made Alf Kneebone a legend in his time was his sharp wit, his sense of humanity, and the attention to…

Hundreds farewell historian

Richard Stowers – 11.11.1951 – 20.04.2021 New Zealand lost one of its foremost historians with the passing of Waikato’s Richard Stowers. A titan in terms of his knowledge around military history, the former Cambridge High…

Obituary: Part of the ‘whakapapa of this place’

Faith was front and centre of Margaret Vosper’s life. It steeled her against tragedy, became her family’s life-blood and was a beacon for decades spent serving others. Stephanie Vosper, one of her three surviving children,…

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